ChromaKit: Retrofit solution for 3D multicolor printing
The ChromaKit is a retrofit solution for 3D printers that allows them to print in multiple colors. This kit saves you from having to buy a new one and is marketed as a complete solution.
The ChromaSet from Co Print, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter, is intended to retrofit 3D printers with the ability to print with multiple colors in one go. The manufacturer also wants to achieve the broadest possible compatibility with various printers. This also includes the various rail systems of 3D printers.
Depending on the specific 3D printer used, different devices are required. When using a Klipper-based printer, the CromaPad control console does not need to be used additionally. The ChromaPad then controls the CX-1 extruder, with ChromaScreen also providing particularly powerful open source software. It should even be possible to control up to eight printers at the same time via the ChromaPad, which should also be relevant for commercial providers.
Basically, several filaments are used, which can not only have different colors, but also different types of material. Accordingly, the ChromaHead print head has a device for cutting the colored filaments, which is necessary when changing filaments.
The number of filaments is limited, but extremely high: up to 20 filaments can be used at the same time, and sets for up to four or eight filaments are offered as part of the crowdfunding campaign. The price of the KCM kit on Kickstarter is currently around 333 euros, suitable for Klipper 3D printers. The ChromaSet with control panel costs at least 429 euros – plus shipping in both cases. The usual financial risks for crowdfunding campaigns apply.
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